London woman drowns in Grand Bend – London Free Press (Blogs)

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A 51-year-old London woman is dead after falling into the river in Grand Bend.

Police were called to River Road early Saturday morning for a woman who had fallen into the river. Her body was found several hours later.

Ontario Provincial Police identified the victim as Londoner Michelle Mahood.

Mahood worked at St. Joseph’s Health Care as the director of ambulatory surgery. In a statement, the hospital said it was “shocked and saddened” by the sudden loss.

“Michelle has been a loved and respected part of the St. Joseph’s family for many years and she will be greatly missed. In our grief, our leadership, physicians and staff are reflecting upon this tragic loss.”

Mahood began her career as a registered nurse after graduating from the University of Windsor and later worked in admissions, family medicine and inpatient surgeries at St. Joseph’s, according to the hospital.

Marine rescue teams were part of Saturday’s search, off River Road, which runs between Bluewater Highway and the Grand Bend Marina, near the community’s south beach. The river into which Mahood fell flows into Lake Huron.

Beaches across Southwestern Ontario re-opened just last week, with Grand Bend and Port Stanley inviting beachgoers back to their sandy shores.